Fossil Friday Roundup: March 17, 2017

Featured Image: UCMP 125854, Papio izodi, and UCMP 125856, Papio izodi. From Monson et al. (2017), first paper listed below.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Patterns of craniofacial variation and taxonomic diversity in the South African Cercopithecidae fossil record (PalaeoE)
  • Three-dimensional preservation of cellular and subcellular structures suggests 1.6 billion-year-old crown-group red algae (PLOS Biology)
  • 168 million years old “marine lice” and the evolution of parasitism within isopods (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • How well does a part represent the whole? A comparison of cranidial shape evolution with exoskeletal character evolution in the trilobite family Pterocephaliidae (Palaeontology)
  • Pectoral morphology in Doliodus: bridging the ‘acanthodian’-chondrichthyan divide (American Museum Novitates)
  • The oldest record of gnathostome fossils from Greece: Chondrichthyes from the Lopingian of Hydra Island (PalaeoE)
  • The first direct evidence of a Late Devonian coelacanth fish feeding on conodont animals (The Science of Nature)
  • Three-dimensional visualisation of the internal anatomy of the sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) forelimb using contrast-enhanced micro-computed tomography (PeerJ)
  • Bison phylogeography constrains dispersal and viability of the Ice Free Corridor in western Canada (PNAS)
  • Middle Pleistocene protein sequences from the rhinoceros genus Stephanorhinus and the phylogeny of extant and extinct Middle/Late Pleistocene Rhinocerotidae (PeerJ)
  • Apatemyids (Mammalia, Apatotheria) from the middle Chadronian (late Eocene) of Sioux County, Nebraska, USA (PalaeoE)
  • New Middle Pleistocene hominin cranium from Gruta da Aroeira (Portugal) (PNAS)
  • Subsequent biotic crises delayed marine recovery following the late Permian mass extinction event in northern Italy (PLOS ONE)
  • MaxEnt’s parameter configuration and small samples: are we paying attention to recommendations? A systematic review (PeerJ)

Community Events and Society Updates:

  • Seeking Nominations (March 31 deadline): The Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education (Link)
  • Registration and Abstract Submissions Open: Inaugural Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, to be held at the University of Michigan, 5-6 June 2017 (Link)

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Published by Sarah Z. Gibson

Dr. Sarah Z. Gibson is a paleontologist and science communicator based in Minnesota. Her research focuses on the evolutionary history of ray-finned fishes from the Early Mesozoic. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6784-3980

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